Tickets for Powerball — the multi-state lottery game that creates cross-country pandemonium with its sky-high jackpots — will be available for the first time in the Golden State on Monday.
“Somebody just won, what…$300 million? I’m trying to get that too,” said Howard.
Howard said he’ll buy tickets at Ray’s Market in Spring Valley — where a $2 million winning lotto ticket was sold two years ago.
“We feel we have a lucky store in general. Hopefully someone hits the Powerball here,” said owner Raymond Kassab.
Powerball jackpots start at $40 million. When jackpots go up — sales explode. State lotto officials are happy players can play at home instead of having to cross state lines for tickets.
“The more times we can get those higher jackpots – the more revenue will come in to education here in California,” said Randy Forrester, with the California Lottery’s San Diego District Office.
Winning is still very much a long shot. One statistician said a player buying 50 tickets a week would win the jackpot on the average of once every 68,000 years.